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by edward.s
Wed Oct 16, 2019 13:46 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Pedals for a small child
Replies: 6
Views: 84

Re: Pedals for a small child

My son is 8 and adult size 5 feet, he's using 5-10s and some of my old Sixpac Racing Menace pedals. that seems to get him around trail centres and the local woods no probs. Any decent flats would probably do, I'd probably go with plastic DMR ones. I lot of kids bikes come with very flat, non-grippy ...
by edward.s
Wed Oct 16, 2019 08:42 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: New alloy rim brake wheels
Replies: 13
Views: 355

Re: New alloy rim brake wheels

I have two sets of wheels from Spokesman. Very happy with his work.
by edward.s
Tue Oct 15, 2019 12:36 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Winter headwear
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Winter headwear

sealskinz begian cap, currently £10 at tweeks cycles https://www.tweekscycles.com/uk/sealskinz-reflective-belgian-cycle-beanie-1210315/?sku=SKZ1311515001L-XL&istCompanyId=56f52ebf-49f3-492a-9cbb-cb6ab0fc1bf0&istFeedId=33b89177-5114-4491-9c2a-09a3a7cb23b2&istItemId=wmqpwwrli&istBid=t&...
by edward.s
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Handbuilt wheels... the big thread
Replies: 2699
Views: 212470

Re: Handbuilt wheels... the big thread

My old x-tools tension meter over read horrifically compared to the Park one. I'd guess yours might be the same. I tried both on a set of wheels built by a decent wheel builder and the Park meter gave figures that 'made sense' and the X-tools meter though all the spokes were way to tight. You can ca...
by edward.s
Thu Oct 10, 2019 14:01 pm
Forum: Workshop
Topic: RS505 cable guides - a cautionary tale
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Re: RS505 cable guides - a cautionary tale

If you stay with a 505 shifter then its a straight replacement and all the hoses etc will marry up. If you move to the (in my view miles better) r7000/8000/9100 series levers then you would need to use the different gland nut those levers use, they are bigger and have a large flange on them. That'll...
by edward.s
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Road Beginners
Topic: Cycling jacket
Replies: 12
Views: 697

Re: Cycling jacket

Stolen Goat climb-and-conquer? https://stolengoat.com/product-category ... g-jackets/

Very pleased with mine, managed to pick it up half price as an ex demo.
by edward.s
Wed Oct 02, 2019 13:20 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Things you have recently learnt
Replies: 443
Views: 9840

Re: Things you have recently learnt

I've said this before but I do enjoy leaving a plainly marked bottle of dog shampoo in the shower to catch out unsuspecting guests. I've been using the dog's 'dirty beastie' shampoo for a few months now. Its actually quite pleasant smelling, with the bonus I have a nice shiny coat, wet nose and can...
by edward.s
Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Handbuilt wheels... the big thread
Replies: 2699
Views: 212470

Re: Handbuilt wheels... the big thread

I used wet lube on threads and holes. Seems to work OK. Some use Linseed oil. In all honesty, while it probably does help the spokes not to bind in the holes etc, Its probably not 100% necessary. Lots of tension relieving during the build is what will keep the wheel true. I regard a tension meter as...
by edward.s
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Your Road Bikes
Topic: Boardman Team Comp - winter project
Replies: 44
Views: 2624

Re: Boardman Team Comp - winter project

Nice job on the bike. Superb 280 in the background?
by edward.s
Wed Sep 25, 2019 07:37 am
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: I just don't get it!
Replies: 673
Views: 26494

Re: I just don't get it!

Strictly speaking, mine is an ACRA mill, but its a Bridgeport clone. They are ubiquitous in machine shops across the world. The swiss army knife of machine tools, one of them and a decent lathe and there isn't much you can't do. For cycling, the most use I have made of any of my machine tools is tak...
by edward.s
Tue Sep 24, 2019 14:26 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: I just don't get it!
Replies: 673
Views: 26494

Re: I just don't get it!

Well I did put 'operating' in inverted commas..... I've seen Bridgeports used as tube notchers in frame making and the like - seems like an expensive way to do it but it would certainly work. I've used my ACRA (bridgeport clone) to make some parts for a trailer build before now but I have it stood i...
by edward.s
Tue Sep 24, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: I just don't get it!
Replies: 673
Views: 26494

Re: I just don't get it!

A white long sleeved shirt worn whilst 'operating' a Bridgeport mill. At best that'll be a ruined oily mess (no Bridgeport in history hasn't leaked oil) and at worst a horrible injury when your arm gets dragged into the cutter by the sleeve. All for £40. Bargain :-)
by edward.s
Thu Sep 19, 2019 07:05 am
Forum: Cyclocross
Topic: Shimano GRX 810 vs R8020 hydraulic shifters
Replies: 3
Views: 571

Re: Shimano GRX 810 vs R8020 hydraulic shifters

Not used the GRX ones so can't comment on that, but we do have bikes with 685, 9120, 8020 and 7020 levers (4 different bikes, in case you were wondering :-) ). Any of those levers would be a massive upgrade in comfort from the 505s, not to say a huge upgrade in looks! Brake performance with the 9/8/...
by edward.s
Thu Sep 05, 2019 14:35 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Derailleur size for a newbie
Replies: 15
Views: 1323

Re: Derailleur size for a newbie

On the crank front, Frog sell their childrens crank sets separately on their website so that is an option for the old bike. Depends on budget. the issue with small adult bikes for kids is that the cheaper spring forks won't work very well with lighter weight children as you can't alter the spring mu...
by edward.s
Wed Sep 04, 2019 16:02 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Saddles
Replies: 20
Views: 1199

Re: Saddles

Boring I know, but a saddle that fits. I have Charge spoons on all my bikes 'cause they fit me well, with the added bonus they they are £20 a go. I did treat the TitaniumDreamMachine(tm) to a titanium rail version of the same saddle but that was just vanity. No pain even after 12h perched on the thi...
by edward.s
Wed Sep 04, 2019 15:50 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Which bike is better?
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Which bike is better?

Avoid mechanical disc brakes. Even the best are mostly awful. Stretch to hydro discs if you possibly can.
by edward.s
Wed Aug 07, 2019 13:39 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Carbon seat post.... worthwhile upgrade?
Replies: 11
Views: 753

Re: Carbon seat post.... worthwhile upgrade?

I bought the Kinesis one for my GF Ti for no reason other than I am a kit tart. I'll be honest I can't tell any difference over the old Deda alloy one other than it looks sexier and has a Kinesis logo on it. I did notice the comfort improve and less pins and needles when I changed alloy to carbon ha...
by edward.s
Tue Jul 30, 2019 14:36 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Zuus Wheels
Replies: 132
Views: 46614

Re: Zuus Wheels

There are 4 'Gary Lee French' listed on companies house. All with Cumbria addresses, and September 1965 DOBs. the companies they are associated with are Zuus, Carbon C, trendy kitchen ltd and Aghoco (who traded as Bike Kit Ltd). All listed as dissolved other than Carbon C, which shows as active. I s...
by edward.s
Wed Jul 24, 2019 15:11 pm
Forum: Road Buying Advice
Topic: Decent tool bottle
Replies: 20
Views: 1057

Re: Decent tool bottle

Seconded for the Topeak one. I used the Zefal top opening one for a couple of years, and while it was OK, it was an ars* to get anything out of it unless it was at the top. The Topeak one opens out so its easy to find everything.
by edward.s
Wed Jul 24, 2019 15:08 pm
Forum: Road General
Topic: Sportive
Replies: 27
Views: 1562

Re: Sportive

He's not joking, the ars* is a real organisation :)

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